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Heidi


Published May 8, 2006


LibriVox recording of Heidi, by Johanna Spyri.

Read by Kara Shallenberg.

Hear Heidi if you've ever longed to see the Swiss mountain slopes. This story transports the listener from the fine air and freedom of the mountaintop to the confines of Frankfurt, back to the peaks again, bounding in flowered fields with goats at your heels and sky utterly surrounding you.

We meet Heidi when she is 5, led up the mountain by her aunt who has raised the orphan but must leave now for a position in Frankfurt. In a mountain cottage overlooking the valley is Heidi's grandfather, and there with him the girl's sweet, free nature expands with the vista. The author's voice is straightforward, and so is our reader's, with the child's wonder, devotion, and sometimes humorous good intentions. When Heidi is taken from the mountains and nearly doesn't make it back again, the most humorous as well as most heart-wringing scenes occur. All she learns during her absence from the mountain she brings back as seeds that will grow to benefit everyone around her. (Summary by Anita)


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Source Librivox recording of a public-domain text
Run time 9:45:20

Reviews

Reviewer: lanternland - - September 9, 2012
Subject: Great!
KayRay Kara with another one of her wonderful readings! Most highly recommend!
Reviewer: ListeninginChicago - - September 18, 2009
Subject: Excellent children's story
Put aside all your conceptions of Heidi from the various movies you have seen - this is a simple and enchanting story, not overly dramatic, but full of laughter, tears, sorrow and joy. And through it all, Johanna Spyri gently teaches lessons about honesty, being true to your word, continuing on when things don't go your way, and being thankful in all things.

KayRay is one of my favorite readers on Librivox and she does an excellent job with this book.
Reviewer: Jennifer Nelson - - April 21, 2008
Subject: Excellent Recording of an Excellent Book
I was very impressed with this recording of Heidi. The story is delightful and very well written.

Kara Shallenberg breathes life into this story in a very magical way and is never over dramatic or showy. She reads simply, clearly, and beautifully. You will not be disappointed.
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